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Friday, 18 January 2013

L’Europa and other matters

EUROPE – UK and SCOTLAND

The UK parties fight like ferrets in a sack over Europe - Scottish Labour MPs don't know their gluteus maximi from their elbows on the issue, and don't matter at UK level anyway. UKIP doesn't exist in Scotland, thank God, and we are spared a farrago of Farage, except on metropolitan media, which he is all over like a rash.

The SNP is solidly committed to Europe, and Scotland will continue to be a member after independence after negotiating relevant aspects of their changed status. They will be welcomed with open arms by the EU as a rational new country untainted by UK European divisions.
Some independence supporters are Eurosceptics but will not change their vote from YES - they will rely on influencing an independent Scotland to think about membership. Most are fully committed to Europe.

In contrast, among the undecided are many Scots wholly committed to Europe who may well be tilted to a YES based on UK indecision, confusion and even an opt-out of EU. There may even be hard core NO voters who are wholly committed to Europe who will be shifted by UK divisions and threats over EU membership.

GLASGOW

The voters of Glasgow re-elected Labour councillors in the local elections last year.

Fears for Glasgow council leader's future over sex act

The poverty campaigner who walked away with £500k of poor kids' cash

Glasgow City Council in action against the poor

Spectacular fall of Glasgow Council Leader Stephen Purcell shocks Scotland's political world

THE POLITICS THAT MATTER FOR SCOTLAND

3 comments:

  1. I see that Mr Glenn Campbell has had to travel deep into the European continent to attempt portraying a suspect example of 'separatism' in the form of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Apparently after some teething difficulties (one question over currency took almost five days to sort out) both are doing rather well. Mr Campbell could not resist an unnecessary little dig at the end of what turned out to be a positive story on these newly independent nations by wondering if it would last.

    Does Glasgow Council have some sort of death wish - they appear to be "doing it deliberately".

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  3. I think you are being a little hard on Glenn Campbell. The story is positive, but there are other aspects of it that must reasonably be explored. I don't think it was a dig, just balanced reporting, Clarinda

    As far GCC and Scottish Labour - what can I say that has not already been said ...

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